I’m fascinated by life in India. Diksha Basu’s witty novel about a family confronting sudden wealth explores the decisions they make. Mr. Jha sells his web site for $20 million. Overnight, he has wealth beyond his dreams. Mr. Jha and his wife move from their cramped housing complex in East Delhi to the wealthy part of town. Meanwhile, the Jha’s son, Rupak, is struggling in Ithaca, New York in an MBA program. Rupak knows his parents expect him to graduate and go into investment banking, but he is more interested in photography and film-making. When Rupak’s parents visit him in America, many of the stresses of their situation explode.

The Windfall (2017) shows how money changes everything. GRADE: B+

4 thoughts on “THE WINDFALL By Diksha Basu

  1. Patti Abbott

    I have yet to read a story about a sudden influx of money turned out well. Surely it must sometimes.

  2. Jeff Meyerson

    I’m interested in India too. I’ve read a couple of mystery series set there, and I’ve enjoyed Jhumpa Lahiri’s novels and short stories.

    1. george Post author

      Jeff, I have a stack of books on India. India is projected to be the most populous country in the world by 2050. IBM has more employees in India than the U.S.!


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